Dear Sakai Families,

Well, my kids were certainly tired this weekend and I bet yours were too! Hopefully, you were able to relax and spend some time doing activities that bring you joy.  

I love the first day of school so much! It might be my favorite day of the year. There is always a strong feeling of excitement and possibility. While last Wednesday felt different from former first days in some ways, the ways in which it felt similar really stood out. There was a joyful buzz throughout the school all day as classes connected and got acquainted with one another. We had a lovely Opening Day Ceremony that was highlighted by two 6th-grade speakers, Chase Hay and Catrina Godfrey. Despite the heat, I think everyone had goosebumps when they spoke. They did a remarkable job!

I am so proud of our students and staff for creating such a positive start to the school year. There have been some bumps, however, we are pleased with how the school year has begun. One bump that we are working hard to iron out is around lunch. There is a large increase in students getting school lunch, which is wonderful but is creating longer lines than usual. Because of this some students only had 12 minutes (shortest) to eat lunch out of the 20-minute lunch period. We will continue to work to increase efficiency and time students are seated to eat.

One other important safety note for families is regarding 5th grade pick-up. If you are choosing to pick up your child in the afternoon, please use the car line and stay in your vehicle. Do not park and have your child cross over to you. It isn’t safe to have students crossing through the car line. We appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe on campus.

I have also greatly appreciated all the positive messages over the last week. Many of you reached out to convey messages of relief, gratitude, and hope. At Sakai, we have four school expectations that we call the 4 R’s. They are respectful, responsible, reliable and reasonable. This year, much like the last, we will need to include a fifth, resilient. This year offers us many unique challenges and it will take resiliency. But, I know we will be able to meet those challenges as we did last year. Families, we are so thankful for your support and partnership during this time.

Have a great week, Sakai!
From the School Counselor

Welcome to Sakai and the 2021-2022 school year.  I hope everyone is having a smooth transition back into full time school.  I am so happy to have students back in the building all day.  I look forward to getting to know all our students this year.  We have been preparing to welcome your students back to school this year and are striving to create a positive learning environment where your students will feel comfortable, safe, connected and have some fun.  I am beginning my eighth year as the School Counselor at Sakai this year and will work full time and be available to you and your student each day.  

The priority of the School Counseling department is to help all students have a successful academic, social and emotional experience while attending Sakai.  These are still unprecedented times and even in “normal” times students may experience a situation that takes their attention away from school.  My role is to be available to work with students to resolve any difficulty that makes it hard for them to focus on their school work.  I will partner with families and teachers to help students develop problem solving skills and discover their inherent strengths as well as help them gain and increase resilience.  When students know they have one or more people to reach out to in time of need, they are well positioned to face a challenge in a way that contributes to personal confidence and greater success.

Beginning this week, I will visit all the classrooms to introduce the counseling department and how students can access me. I will also be offering some small group opportunities and will introduce these to students during my classroom visits this week.  Next week I will meet with and welcome all students who are new to the Bainbridge Island School District.

I welcome and encourage you as parents/guardians to reach out directly to me anytime.  I look forward to partnering with you to help your students navigate 5th and 6th grade and have a successful experience here at Sakai. You can reach me via email or phone each day.  

Welcome again to Sakai.

Beth Hebert
Sakai School Counselor
If your student must be absent, please notify the school.  You may either call our attendance line, 206-780-6600, or parents/guardians may report their student's absence via Family Access.

Click here for instructions to report an absence via Family Access.

Our automated phone system will call to confirm your child’s absence if you haven’t reported your student's absence.
Join the Family Access Student Directory!
Fostering community in our schools is important to the social and emotional development of our students. Giving parents and guardians the ability to contact each other is one way BISD helps to build connections between families!

Click here for instructions to add your family and how to use the Student Directory in Family Access. 
Sakai’s Instrument Rental Night will take place on Thursday, September 9th from 4:00-7:00 PM.
We are using a reservation system to ensure we provide a safe and efficient experience for everyone. When you sign up for a slot, you can arrive at any time during that hour but please do not arrive early. To avoid longer lines, please consider coming at a time other than the top of the hour to stagger arrivals. 

Please park in the North parking area, which is our larger one. The vendors will be in the covered play area. Masks will be required for entrance.

The traffic around Sakai is extremely congested during our dismissal time, which is why we had to move this event to 4:00 PM. Please do not arrive early to pick up your student and wait in our parking lot for this event. We do not have capacity in our parking area to accommodate this.

If you typically pick your student up, you will still do so, then return to school during your reservation time.

Thank you for your help in making this a safe and efficient event.
Back to School Parent Night

Please join us for back to school Parent Night.

Fifth grade Parent Night is Tuesday, September 21st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Sixth grade Parent Night is Thursday, September 23rd from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

A zoom link meeting invitation will be sent to families by your homeroom teacher.
We are looking for some volunteers to help supervise lunchtimes as well as set up and break down.

If you are interested in volunteering during lunchtime as a lunchroom supervisor, you will need to be cleared through the volunteer website and follow the instructions on the site. If you have already been cleared to volunteer but have not provided verification of your COVID-19 vaccination, please send an electronic copy to 
The student nomination period for the Highly Capable Program is open now through September 17, 2021 for all new BISD students in grades 1st-12th as well as current incoming 1st grade students who were not tested last spring.
  • Students currently qualified as highly capable with BISD do not need to be nominated or assessed again.
  • Students new to the BISD with a current HC designation may not need to be rescreened and will instead be discussed as a part of our Multidisciplinary Team process.
  • Continuing BISD students will have the opportunity to be nominated and screened as a part of the typical Highly Capable assessment period in spring of 2022.
  • Kindergarten nominations will open in early 2022.

BISD's Highly Capable Program serves students who perform at advanced academic levels. Students who are identified as highly capable become part of our district-wide program which provides learning opportunities throughout the student's academic career.

Students who are nominated and have parent/guardian permission will have a cognitive assessment administered by a trained BISD staff member. A BISD team will review the student’s cumulative file, recent testing results, and other standardized academic assessments. Parents/guardians will be notified of the results of the testing and team decision regarding placement and services by the end of October 2022.

Those nominating students must complete 1) a referral form and 2) a rating scale. Both forms are available from the BISD district main office located at 8489 Madison Avenue or on the Highly Capable webpage The referral form and parent rating scale need to be completed and turned in to the student’s school office by 2:30 PM on September 17, 2021.

Questions? Please review our BISD Highly Capable FAQs webpage or contact Amii Pratt, Executive Director, Elementary Teaching & Learning (K-12 Highly Capable Program Director)
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